Tire Pros Team of the Week: Chandler
OCT 07, 2013 10:39a ET
Including postseason play, the 14-year streak included 17 consecutive losses, and it appeared headed for No. 18 when Hamilton went ahead 16-13 with 1:12 to play. But Chandler picked itself off the mat and regained the lead on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Perkins to Dionte Sykes with 13 seconds left. The Wolves tacked on another score when J.R. Hunt returned an interception for a score as the clock ticked down.
“There are people here, people on this field, who have been waiting (14) years for this,” Sykes told the East Valley Tribune. “To me, it was just another game. But to the school, to the community, it was big time. This is for them.”
The victory pushed Chandler (4-2) up to No. 3 in this week's Varsity Xtra Division I rankings, while Hamilton (4-2) fell to No. 5.
Other teams under consideration were Saguaro, Arizona Lutheran, Washington, Campo Verde, Sunnyslope, Blue Ridge and Cortez.
The Tire Pros High School Team of the Week is selected by a panel consisting of Jason Skoda of MaxPreps and the Ahwatukee Foothills News, Mark Heller and Kyle Odegard of the East Valley Tribune, Don Ketchum and Les Willsey of aia365.com, and Craig Morgan, Matt Swartz and Dave Lumia of FOXSportsArizona.com.